Orlando has had trouble all season long getting out to good, strong starts and Friday night in California was another example of the Magic not getting into any kind of groove early. The Magic scores a mere 14 points in the opening quarter against the Sacramento Kings and fell 94-88 at Golden 1 Center.
With the victory for Sacramento, Kings coach Dave Joerger picked up his 200th win as a head coach in the NBA. Rumors have picked up lately throughout NBA circles that Orlando coach Frank Vogel could potentially be fired at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 campaign. The Magic are currently 20-46 and sit in 14th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
”We weren’t in sync and I didn’t like that we didn’t pay attention to details,” Vogel said about the loss. ”We didn’t make good decisions. We were just a little bit out of rhythm.”
The Magic lacked hustle as well on the rebounding end of things, with Orlando losing in that department 50-34 to Sacramento. The Kings on the other hand did a solid job distributing the basketball around, with 24 assists on the night and multiple players ending in double digit scoring.
Garrett Temple scored a team-high 23 points in the win for Sacramento, and former Orlando forward Vince Carter added 15 off the bench for the Kings. Orlando was without power forward Aaron Gordon, who is out due to a concussion. Starting in Gordon’s place was rookie Jonathan Isaac, who scored six points.
Leading the way for the Magic in scoring was forward Jonathan Simmons, who a game-high 25 points. Orlando is back on the court again tonight when they face the Los Angeles Clippers, whom defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-102 on Friday night.